Opportunities for postgraduate study

Opportunities for postgraduate study

students in the west endThe Glasgow Particle Physics Experiment (PPE) group has a strong record of research and leadership at particle collider experiments, and we currently host more than twenty postgraduate students. 

Our students have gone onto successful careers around the globe in academia and research, as well as finance, IT and media.

 

Our major research efforts are in:

  • analysing data from the ATLAS and LHCb experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC);
  • leading future upgrades to the LHC experiments;
  • design studies for a future neutrino factory and a future linear collider;
  • novel semi-conductor detector technologies for applications in particle physics and beyond;
  • collaborating with theorists on novel measurements, and LHC data-reinterpretation;
  • and building e-science and grid computing facilities.

We welcome applications for postgraduate studentships in all of these research areas. We have PhD positions available for both UK-based and Non-UK applicants, through various funding schemes.

PhD projects and training

PhD projects and training

Our current research projects include:

Other projects may arise on the border of theory and experiment, for example involving beyond-Standard-Model (BSM) interpretations of our ATLAS and LHCb areas of expertise.

Our postgraduate training is provided within the framework of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) Graduate School, and provides opportunities to attend various summer schools and physics workshops, as well as to spend time at overseas laboratories such as CERN. The Graduate School provides a structure for progress reports and performance and development review, as well as for student feedback on the quality of supervision. Each student is appointed a first and a second supervisor, so you will be well supported.

students outside the libraryWe put great emphasis on expertise in the field and on generic skills training. Via SUPA, we offer an exceptionally strong and broad training programme in particle physics and related technical skills (such as statistical analysis, programming, and Linux operation). Students choose, with input from their supervisors, which courses to attend depending on their interests in theoretical or experimental physics.

Transferable skills are fostered through the Department and Faculty Graduate Schools. Amongst other activities all Faculty research students attend a residential course on Great Cumbrae Island for teamwork skills. All PPE and PPT students attend the appropriate STFC summer school in Particle Physics at the end of year one, are encouraged to attend STFC entrepreneurship training, and other summer schools and workshops throughout their PhD.

Funding

Funding

Male and female student sitting on wall with University tower in backgroundOur studentships are funded by a range of sources. In 2018 we expect to award 3 STFC studentships, 2 Royal Society studentships, 1 ScotDIST Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Intensive Science studentship, and EPSRC/CASE studentships in detector development.

Our regular STFC-funded studentships are on offer for UK and EU students who have been resident in the UK for at least three years (including for full-time education; see the STFC documentation). In the 2018 appointment round we also expect to appoint 2 Royal Society studentships to work with Dr Andy Buckley on beyond-Standard-Model searches, and with Dr Mark Owen on top quark physics, both with the ATLAS experiment: these are open to students of all nationalities. We also expect a ScotDIST PhD studentship on data-intensive science, open to UK and EU applicants. All these studentships cover tuition fees and provide a tax-free stipend.

In addition, prestigious SUPA Prize Studentships and Glasgow University Scholarships, both of which cover fees and provide a stipend, are available to students of all nationalities, and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland offer Carnegie-Caledonian PhD Scholarships.

We also welcome applications from candidates with external funding.

How to apply

How to apply

Applications for the Royal Society positions are open until 28 February. The 2018 deadline for the STFC positions was 31 January - students still wishing to apply should contact us as soon as possible

Please register your interest in any project by sending an email to the PPE Research Group Leader, Prof Tony Doyle or the specific contact person if one is given above. 

Information on the application procedure can be found in Postgraduate Research and in How to Apply.

Outstanding applicants for University Scholarships should refer to the Scholarships page.

Internationally outstanding applicants for SUPA Prize Studentships should view the SUPA online applications page. 

All applications for studentships and University Scholarships should be made through the Physical Sciences Graduate School.

Please arrange for reference letters to be sent to rio-researchadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk and clearly identified as relating to your application.

 

More information

More information

More information on Postgraduate study is provided here:

PhD study in the School of Physics & Astronomy

Glasgow PhD Studentship on T2K and WAGASCI

Glasgow PhD Studentship on T2K and WAGASCI

The PPE group has funding for a new PhD to work on the T2K Neutrino Oscillation experiment at the JPARC facility in Takai (Japan), under the supervision of Prof Lars Eklund and Prof Paul Soler. The main goal of the T2K experiment is to measure the appearance of electron neutrinos at the Super-Kamiokande detector, 300km from the source of predominantly muon neutrinos at JPARC. The electron neutrinos are created when muon neutrinos oscillate in flight and are used to measure the mixing angle q13 muon, which is dependent on the complex phase dcp from PMNS neutrino mixing matrix. If this complex phase is found to be different from zero, this is evidence for a difference between matter and antimatter, and would be the first observation of CP violation in neutrinos, which could explain why we live in a matter universe. To measure neutrino oscillations, we measure the initial neutrinos in a near detector at JPARC (mainly made out of scintillator) and the oscillated signal in the far detector (made out of water). Therefore, the difference in the neutrino interaction rate in water and scintillator is one of the main systematic errors of this measurement.

For this purpose, a new near detector for T2K, called WAGASCI, has just been built and is being commissioned at JPARC. This detector has scintillator and water targets so we will measure the interaction cross-section of neutrinos in both water and scintillator. This measurement will reduce the systematic errors on T2K by a factor of two, and could go a long way to showing first evidence for neutrino CP violation, with a significance of more than 3 standard deviations. The University of Glasgow has contributed to the construction and characterisation of a muon spectrometer (named Baby MIND) at CERN (see figure 1) for the WAGASCI detector, which is being installed in Japan from January to April 2018.

In this PhD, you will perform measurements of neutrino and antineutrino charged current quasi-elastic (CCQE) interaction differential cross sections in the WAGASCI detector in both scintillator and water, as a function of the energy of the neutrino. You will take charge of the Baby MIND and WAGASCI simulation and reconstruction software, using the Glasgow-developed SaRoMAN package. You will measure CCQE cross sections in the 1.5o off-axis beam and will address multi-body nuclear effects in the 0.5-1 GeV energy region, required to understand the difference between neutrino interactions in the near and far detectors. The neutrino CCQE measurements will then be included in the T2K global neutrino oscillation fits to reduce the systematic error in the CP violation plase dcp. The final outcome of the PhD will be improved sensitivities to CP violation in neutrinos using the T2K and WAGASCI data.